The Contribution of Social Enterprises to Value Creation in Europe: The case of Dopper BV in the Netherlands
Chapter 10 in B. Sjåfjell, G. Tsagas and C. Villiers (eds), Sustainable Value Creation in the EU: Towards Pathways to a Sustainable Future through Crises (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2022)
Posted: 11 Jan 2022
Date Written: January 11, 2022
Governments and the markets in Europe have traditionally failed to adequately address environmental and ecological issues such as the access to clean and drinkable water and the water pollution of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. However, social enterprises across Europe have demonstrated that social entrepreneurship can play a role in providing creative and efficient solutions to social, environmental and ecological problems while employing inclusive and participatory governance models, which involve stakeholders and the affected society. Research in this chapter focuses on social enterprises in the Netherlands, which country also suffers from ecological problems. Through a case study analysis of the Dutch social enterprise ‘Dopper’, which organisation aims to contribute to solving the problem of plastic waste, creating awareness about this problem as well as about access to drinking water, the contribution of value creation is analysed. Against the backdrop of a discussion concerning the emergence of social enterprises in the Netherlands despite the existence of a supportive legal framework, this chapter also illustrates examples of legal and participatory governance structures employed in Dutch social enterprises’ organisational structure and function. These can serve as illustrations of sustainable business structures in the Netherlands and in Europe.
Keywords: Social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, stakeholders, stakeholder-participation, participatory model, governance, decision-making structures, legal organisational forms for social enterprises
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